Status: WBA Welterweight champion.
Ht: 5-7 Wt: 147
DOB: July 29, 1989 In: Cincinnati, Ohio
Boxing Inspirations: "Well my number one is Floyd Mayweather. (Did you ever meet him?) I haven’t met him yet. I can’t wait. I’ll probably faint [smiles]."
First Boxing Memory: "Six-years-old. Boxing in the yard. I just love boxing. My dad (Thomas) brought me to the gym. And we went from there."
Nickname: "The Problem."
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "Basketball, rap, write music, football."
Last Book Read: "The Ring magazine."
Favorite Movie: "Bad Boys II."
Favorite TV Show: "Family Guy."
First Job: "Never had a job."
First Car: "It was a White Castle box with wheels. (Huh?) A burger box with wheels [smiles]."
Current Car: "2007 Charger, white and black."
Pre-fight Feeling: "Having fun. I think about what I’m gonna do but I know what I’m gonna do. I go to have fun. If you’re not having fun, I don’t wanna do it."
Favorite Meal: "Chicken spicy garlic sauce."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla. Cookies and cream."
Childhood Dream: "Champion of the world."
Greatest Sports Moment: "When I won the WBO Super Featherweight title and the WBC Lightweight title."
Most Painful Moment: "When I broke both my hands in the (Jose Alfredo) Lugo fight (2009)." Funniest Boxer: "Floyd. I just love his swag."
Embarrassing Boxing Memory: "Yeah, one time in the weigh-in I took off my drawers to get up on the scale and I was so happy that I made weight, they moved the towel. So I was exposed [laughs]."
Strangest Fight: "Yeah, when I broke both my hands was strange because I had to keep fighting, so I sucked it up and fought it out."
Favorite Boxer To Watch: "Floyd Mayweather. (Who else?) Floyd Mayweather."
Funny Boxing Memory: "I saw the guy get knocked out and he was still punching. He fell and he was still punching [smiles]."
Favorite Sport Outside Boxing: "Basketball."
Hardest Part Of Boxing: "Training."
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Boxer: "If I never discovered boxing – without boxing, my coaches Andrew Williams, Mike Stafford, and Golden Boy, I don’t know where I’d be at."
Which Fight Did You Feel Your Absolute Best: "Well, all of ‘em I feel great."
On Seeing Roy Jones At Ringside During a Fight in Newark, NJ: "I got in the ring and looked and there was Roy Jones Jr. I didn’t know he was there. It pumped me up, man. Roy Jones. I won by first round knockout. After the fight Roy said I was impressive. We took a picture too."
People Qualities Most Admired: "Open. Sense of humor. Swag. Positive. Everything has to be positive."